My SDSU colleague Jerry Griswold and I want to thank the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana for inviting us to the 18th Annual Leadership Awards Gala January 26 at the Marriott Del Mar. As the past and current directors of SDSU's Center for the Study of Children's Literature, Jerry and I were privileged to see children's author/ illustrator and Caldecott Medal-winner Allen Say on stage to receive the Society's Reischauer International Education Award, and we got to talk with him before sitting down for a fine dinner at SDSU's table with other colleagues from the President's Office, KPBS, Japanese Studies, Women's Studies, and Psychology.
Thanks especially to SDSU alumna Katherine Nakamura for including us and our spouses.
And very best wishes to Mr. Say on the publication of his moving autobiographical 2011 picture book, Drawing from Memory. It fits in so well with his Grandfather's Journey of 1994.
(SDSU reviews of Mr. Say's books can be found by clicking on the marquee icon on the top right.)